Obituaries

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Sr. Rosemary Schwer

Nurse, educator

Sister of Christian Charity Rosemary (Coronata) Schwer, 87, died Aug. 27 at Sacred Heart Convent, Wilmette.

Born in St. Louis, she entered the convent in 1946 and made her first vows in 1951.

She began her nursing training at St. Elizabeth Hospital in 1953, and then resided at St. Teresa Convent while taking classes at DePaul University (1956-1957).

She served as a nurse and organist at Sacred Heart Convent, Wilmette (1957-1963); served as a nurse and taught biology and health in Maria Immaculata Academy and in Mallinckrodt College (1967-1971).

She taught biology at the college again while living in Wilmette starting in 1979. In 1993, she moved to New Mexico to serve as a pastoral minister. She returned to Wilmette in 2005 and served in the leadership of her congregation.

She had served since 2012 in the ministry of care and bereavement at St. Joseph, Wilmette, and she was a member of the church choir.

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Sr. Theresia Scheuer

Educator

Adrian Dominican Sister Theresia (Mary Susan) Scheuer, 88, died Sept. 6 in Adrian, Michigan. 

Born in Adrian, Michigan, she was in the 71st year of her religious life. She ministered in Michigan and Illinois.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Ascension, Harvey (1954-1960).

She is survived by a sister, Jo Ann McKelvey.

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Sr. Camille Neubauer

Educator, parish minister

Providence Sister Camille Neubauer, 79, died Aug. 14 in St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana.

Born in Washington, D.C., Sister Camille entered the Sisters of Providence in 1961 and professed final vows in 1969.  She taught in schools in Missouri, Maryland and Illinois, then served as music director in parishes in Maryland and Virginia.

In 2002, she returned to the motherhouse in St. Mary of the Woods to serve as director of liturgy and music, and later was a volunteer receptionist at Woods Day Care and Providence Conference and Spirituality Center. 

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Mother Theodore Guerin High School, River Grove (1975-1980).

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Fr. Raymond E. O’Connor

Shrine director

Claretian Father Raymond E. O’Connor, 81, died Aug. 17 in Park Ridge.

Born in Chicago, Father O’Connor attended Claretian seminaries and Catholic University of America before being ordained in 1964.

He had brief assignments at Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Francis of Assisi parishes before serving as assistant vocation director at the Claretian House of Studies in Washington, D.C., in 1966. He also ministered in New York, Virginia, Missouri and Georgia.

He returned to Chicago in 2005 and became the director of the National Shrine of St. Jude at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.  In 2008, he retired and became a resident of the Claretian community in Oak Park, but continued as codirector of the shrine for another 10 years. In 2019, he moved to the Sheridan at Park Ridge nursing home, his final place of residence.  
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Fr. Robert C. Thul

Educator

Jesuit Father Robert C. Thul, 89, died Aug. 25.

Born in Cincinnati, Father Thul was a Jesuit for more than 70 years.

He taught math and religion at St. Ignatius College Prep, at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati and at Colegio San Jose in Arequipa, Peru.

In the 1990s, Father Thul co-authored “Math for Change,” a teaching curriculum which incorporated social justice themes into math problems, and which has gone through multiple reprints. 

After 2006, he did pastoral ministry in Lexington, Kentucky; and in Cincinnati before moving to the Colombiere Center in Michigan in 2016.

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Sr. Carol Louise Hiller

Educator

Adrian Dominican Sister Carol Louise (Elizabeth June) Hiller, 97, died Aug. 24 in Adrian, Michigan.

Born in Detroit, she was in the 77th year of her religious life.

Sister Carol Louise ministered in Illinois, New York, Michigan, Florida, Nevada, Alaska and California.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Rita (1943-1944); St. Kilian (1944-1948); St. Kevin (1948-1951); and St. Albert the Great, Oak Lawn (1958-1959); and she was a librarian at Aquinas High School (1962-1966).

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Sr. Marie Patrice O’Donnell

Educator

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Marie Patrice O’Donnell, 91, died July 26 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Born in Nebraska, Sister Marie Patrice made her first religious profession in 1947 and her perpetual profession in 1950.

She served in Illinois, Wisconsin, Alabama, Colorado and Nebraska.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Marie Patrice taught at Visitation (1947-1950) and St. Cajetan (1958-1962, 1971-1972).

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Sr. Mary Milano

Educator, spiritual director

Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Mary (Carmen Therese) Milano, 87, died July 21 in Cincinnati.

Born in Chicago, she was baptized at St. William Parish. She was in religious life for 70 years.

Sister Mary taught every elementary grade from second to eighth. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Robert Bellarmine (1954-1958) and St. Victor, Calumet City (1963-1966). She also taught in other Illinois cities; in Ohio, Michigan and Arizona; and in Kenya.

She was at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership at Loyola University Chicago from 1979 to 1980. After training in spiritual direction, she served as novice director, then spiritual and retreat director for 26 years.

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Sr. Maureen Juozapavicius

Educator, pastoral care provider

Sister of St. Casimir Maureen Juozapavicius died July 29.

A native of Chicago, Sister Maureen entered the Sisters of St. Casimir in 1943.  She made her first profession of vows in 1946 and made her final vows in 1951.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Maureen taught at Immaculate Conception (44th Street) (1946-1947, 1964-1968); St. Joseph, South Chicago (1952-1954, 1956-1957, 1969-1970); Nativity BVM (1956-1957, 1961-1964); St. Norbert, Northbrook (1958-1959); Sts. Peter and Paul (1959-1961); Our Lady of Vilna (1968-1969); and Maria High School (1973-1981), where she also provided guidance counseling.  From 1981 to 1993, Sister Maureen served in pastoral care at Holy Cross Hospital.  She also taught in elementary schools in New Mexico, Michigan and Florida.

She was a minister of prayer and presence from 2014 to 2019 at Franciscan Village in Lemont.

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Sr. Ursula Cazalé

Nurse

Daughter of Charity Sister Ursula Cazalé, 93, died Aug. 5 in Bridgeton, Missouri.

Born in New Orleans, Sister Ursula was a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul for 72 years.

She received her nursing diploma from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Chicago in 1950; the following year, she earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing education from DePaul University.

Sister Ursula served as nursing supervisor at St. Joseph Hospital (1947-1951). She also served at other hospitals in Illinois and in Alabama, Texas and Louisiana, and at the Marillac Provincial House in St. Louis.

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